|Sunday, March 19, 2000,
party wins in Taiwan
India, Pak as N-powers
tried to buy US missile
|Indian woman sues UK society
LONDON, March 18 A woman of Indian descent, who used to head the Equal Opportunities Commission in Britain, has launched legal proceedings, claiming that she herself is being racially discriminated against.
kill 19 in Algeria
Pro-independence party wins in Taiwan
TAIPEI, March 18 (AFP) The pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party declared victory today in Taiwans presidential elections for its candidate Chen Shui-Bian as voters defied warnings of war from arch rival China.After 78.5 per cent of the vote had been counted Chen had won 41.1 per cent. Independent James Soong had 35.1 per cent and Lien Chan of the ruling Kuomintang trailed at 22.9 per cent, Formosa television said.
China views Taiwan as a rebel province and ahead of the vote repeatedly warned Taiwanese not to vote for independence and specifically said not to vote for Chen.
Beijing also threatened it would wage war if Taiwan dragged its feet over reunification. The two sides have been split since Mao Zedongs Communist forces drove the nationalist Kuomintang to the island in 1949
At least 100,000 people packed the streets outside the DPP headquarters where party leaders were making victory speeches.
Chen was inside the building with senior DPP officials after the elections, which appeared to have upset the 50-year status quo which has governed delicate cross-strait ties.
Pre-election polls had showed the race was too close to call but Chen looked to be heading for a convincing victory today.
The nationalist party has been unable to deliver on public calls for reform and clean government in the island which split from mainland China in 1949 after a bitter civil war.
China views Taiwan as a rebel province awaiting reunification, but Taiwanese prefer the status quo a self-ruled democracy but not officially independent.
Ahead of the vote, Beijing stepped up warnings to Taiwan saying if it dragged its heels over reunification talks it would face war.
It has also sought to sway voters away from the pro-independence Chen, and reiterated it will never tolerate independence for the island.
Chinas huge Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) has vowed it is ready for any eventuality, and although military analysts have dismissed the threats as sabre-rattling, Taiwan has put its military on a 39-hour state of heightened alertness.
A press report in Hong Kong, said China yesterday had scrambled fighter jets and transported large numbers of troops around Fuzhou in the southeastern province of Fujian.
Accept India, Pak as N-powers
WASHINGTON, March 18 (PTI) A senior US Congressman has said it would be wise for the USA to accept India and Pakistan as nuclear powers and provide them with the technology to help prevent an accidental nuclear war.
The Chairman of the House international relations subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Mr Douglas Bereauter, also appealed to President Bill Clinton to lift sanctions against the two countries.
Stating that the US policy of preventing India and Pakistan from becoming nuclear weapon powers had failed, he said: This policy may have helped deter proliferation for many years, but... laws that were enacted to deter proliferation now limit our ability to engage in very important ways with India and Pakistan to actually avoid a nuclear confrontation.
I believe, for example, the USA should now work closely with India and Pakistan to better assure that the control of this nuclear capability in their hands is as safe as possible, he said.
The USA has fail-safe technology and experience with redundant command-and-control systems elements of which it can share to ensure that inadvertent or unauthorised nuclear launches do not occur, he added.
Mr Bereauter said: I have urged the administration to act on this matter, but they insist their hands are tied. Frankly, I find this answer doubtful but, if accurate they need to clearly and aggressively seek a statutory change.
The view that the
sanctions have outlived their utility and only serve to
antagonise India had earlier been expressed by the
Chairman of the Senate subcommittee dealing with India
and other countries, Mr Sam Brownback.
China tried tobuy US missile
WASHINGTON, March 18 (PTI) China has covertly tried to buy one of the US Armys most effective weapons, the Hellfire anti-tank guided missile, from Egypt, a media report said today.
Chinese agents recently approached the government of Egypt and offered to buy one of the 900 Hellfires purchased by Cairo in recent years from the USA, intelligence officials, on condition of anonymity told The Washington Times.
Obtaining Hellfires, the newspaper said, would augment a Chinese Army increasingly viewed as a potential US enemy.
The USA has an agreement with Egypt that it will not resell the missiles or give it to any third party.
Indian woman sues UK society
LONDON, March 18 (IANS) A woman of Indian descent, who used to head the Equal Opportunities Commission in Britain, has launched legal proceedings, claiming that she herself is being racially discriminated against.
Ms Kamlesh Bahl, vice-president of the Law Society, began the proceedings after the society suspended her for her bullying tactics Ms Bahl, former chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, is getting legal advice from Cherie Booth, Prime Minister Tony Blairs wife, who is a lawyer.
Mr Bahl has drawn much flak. The Law Society voted on Thursday to suspend her for her beastly ways. A special meeting will be called next month to consider her permanent removal from the Law Society.
Ultras kill 19 in Algeria
ALGIERS, March 18 (AFP) At least 19 persons were killed and three injured in violence which marked this weeks Id-el-Kebir religious festival, Algerias Le Matin newspaper reported today.
Eleven persons, including seven children, were killed on Wednesday in the latest massacre carried out by armed Islamic extremists in Chaiba, near Bou Ismail, 40 km west of Algiers, it said.
Four others were killed on Wednesday in an explosion and ensuing fire in a shanty town in Draa Smar, 80 km south of Algiers, Le Matin reported.
An armed group shot dead
a 50-year-old man in the same area on Thursday, the paper
said. Other apparently random killings included the
murder of a woman stopped at a bogus checkpoint on a road
in the Bourmedes region, 50 km east of the capital.
World War II bomb recovered
Man who dropped
first A-bomb dead
on space weather
Life magazine to
cease to be monthly
Asylum to Red
Russia, IS to
hold joint exercises
200 jail inmates
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